|Speaker Pat J. Porter convened the 15th
Texas Silver-Haired Legislature for the
Legislative Session at the Texas State Capitol,
House Chambers for 5 day session,
April 28 - May 2, 2014. Members filed 101
resolutions prior to the session. They debated
and adopted 77 resolutions, 23 consent resolutions, and established the top ten priorities.
The 15th TSHL Legislative Report was delivered to Texas Legislators, the Governor, other State officials and the Department of Aging and Disability Services, as required by SCR 37, 69th Legislature, April 1985.
TOP TEN PRIORITIES
|R27||Increase the Personal Needs Allowance for Medicaid
Residents in Nursing Homes
Set a level of no less than $75.00 a month for the personal needs allowance and making this issue a budget priority.
|R34||Restore The Texas Department on Aging
Restore the Texas Department on Aging, the Texas Board on Aging and the Commissioner with authority to adopt appropriate policies, rules and procedures relating to "grass roots" planning, advocacy and service delivery that focus on our rapidly growing senior population.
|R40||Preserve or Increase Current Funding for Home Delivered Meals
The Department of Aging and Disability Services to adjust its ceiling cost to actual cost for Home Delivered meals to the elderly.
|R11||Ban the Use of Hand-Held Cell phones for Texting while Driving
Ban the use of handheld cell phones for texting by drivers except in the case of emergencies.
|R35||Provide Dental Benefit for Title XIX Seniors and Seniors with Incomes at or Below 200% of Poverty Guidelines
Provide a full dental benefit to all seniors receiving Title XIX Medical Assistance and all seniors with incomes at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
|R42||Continue to Support Defined Plan for Retired School Employees
Support the continuation of The Defined Benefit Plan for all retired participants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
|R43||Redistricting Reform Using a Nonpartisan Commission
Enact redistricting legislation or provide for a constitutional amendment (referendum) using a nonpartisan commission approach.
|R24||Enact a Statutory Basic Will for Texas
Enact into law the creation of simple and low cost statutory wills that reflect seniorsâ€™ typical preferences and expectations to encourage them to complete basic estate planning.
|R03||Regulate the Payday and Auto Title Lending Industry
Pass legislation that regulates the Payday and Auto Title Lending Industry.
|R68||Allow Physicians to Prescribe Marijuana for Medical Purposes
Enact laws similar to those in effect in other states which allow physicians to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes without fear of being prosecuted under state laws governing the use of marijuana.
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